School bus monitor injured in fall from bus
Date of News Release: 08/13/2014
(Gray, Ky.) -- On Wednesday, August 13, 2014 around 4:00 p.m., a bus monitor fell from a moving school bus in the Gray community of Knox County resulting in critical injuries.
Knox County School bus driver, William Reeder, was traveling on KY 830 in Gray near the Lynn Camp High School. A clipboard, which had been stored under the dash, fell from the storage compartment and landed into the stair well of the bus. The bus monitor, Sueanne Sizemore, age 63, left her seat and entered the stairwell to retrieve the clip board. Reeder glanced over to check to see that Sizemore did not lose her footing while leaning over. When he moved his eyes back onto the roadway, the bus had left the lane of travel. Reeder observed he was about to strike some mailboxes and swerved to avoid impact. This sudden maneuver caused Sizemore to lose her balance and fall through the closed bus doors. Sizemore struck the pavement and rolled into a ditch, leaving her unconscious. Sizemore was airlifted from the scene by AirEvac Lifeteam to the UK Medical Center in Lexington, KY. She is listed in critical condition.
It was discovered during the investigation, that due to the likelihood of a child being injured, that the bus doors only require 43 pounds of pressure to be forced opened without the use of the opening lever. Once Sizemore fell against the doors, they easily opened allowing her to fall from the bus. Once the force is removed, the doors automatically return to their closed position.
This incident is being investigated by Trooper Sammy Faris.